Infosys Prize

The Infosys Prize
Awarded for

contributions in six categories:

  1. Engineering and Computer Science
  2. Humanities
  3. Life Science
  4. Mathematical Science
  5. Physical Science
  6. Social Science
Country India
Presented by Infosys Science Foundation
First awarded 2008
Official website

The Infosys Prize is an annual award given to scientists, researchers, engineers and social scientists in India by the Infosys Science Foundation and ranks among the highest monetary awards in India to recognize scientific research. The Prize was originally given across five categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences but a sixth category – the Humanities – was added in 2012. The prize for each category includes a gold medallion, a citation certificate, and prize money of Rs. 55 Lakh (over US$90000).

Laureates for the year 2015

The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) on 16 November 2015 announced the winners of the Infosys Prize 2015.[1]

Engineering and Computer Science – Umesh V Waghmare, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.

Humanities – Jonardon Ganeri, Professor, Global Network Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New York University and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, King’s College, London.

Life ScienceAmit Sharma, Professor and Head at Structural and Computational Biology group at international center for Genetic Engineering & Biology (ICGEB), New Delhi.

Mathematical SciencesMahan Mj, Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belūr/TIFR Mumbai.

Physical Sciences – G. Ravindra Kumar Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Social Sciences – Srinath Raghavan, Professor, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Laureates for the year 2014

Infosys Science Foundation announced the names of Infosys Prize 2014 winners for six categories on 13 November 2014.[2][3]

Engineering and Computer ScienceJayant Haritsa, Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) and Chair, Department of Computer Science and Automation (CSA), Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

HumanitiesShamnad Basheer, Founder and Managing Trustee, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), Bengaluru and Founder, SpicyIP

Life SciencesShubha Tole, Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai

Mathematical SciencesMadhu Sudan, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Physical Sciences – Dr.Srivari Chandrasekhar, Chief Scientist and Head, Division of Natural Products Chemistry, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad

Social SciencesEsther Duflo, Professor, Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laureates for the year 2013

The winners of the Infosys Prize 2013 were announced on 12 November 2013 in each of the following six categories[4]

Engineering & Computer Science Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao, Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering; and Chief Investigator, Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Humanities – Archaeology Prof. Nayanjot Lahiri], Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi.

Humanities – Linguistics Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Life Sciences Prof. Rajesh S. Gokhale, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi.

Mathematical Sciences Prof. Rahul Pandharipande, of Professor, Department of Mathematics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich.

Physical Sciences Dr. Shiraz Minwalla, Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.

Social Sciences – Sociology and Anthropology Prof. Aninhalli R. Vasavi, of Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi.

Jury Chairs (2012–2013)

Previous recipients


The winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 were announced on 23 November 2012 in each of the following six categories[5]

Engineering & Computer Science Dr. Asish Lele, of National Chemical Laboratories, Pune.

Humanities – History Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, of University of California.

Humanities – Literary Studies Prof. Amit Chaudhuri of University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Life Sciences Prof. Satyajit Mayor, of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

Mathematical Sciences Prof. Manjul Bhargava, of Princeton University.

Physical Sciences Dr. Ayyappanpillai Ajayagosh, of National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology.

Social Sciences Prof. Arunava Sen, of Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.

The award ceremony was held on January 3, 2013, in New Delhi. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of the World Health Organization, felicitated the winners.


The winners of the Infosys Prize 2011 were announced on 16 November 2011 in each of the following five categories:[6]

Engineering & Computer Science Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Professor of Mechanical engineering at IIT Kanpur received the award for his work in the fields of evolutionary multi-objective optimization and genetic algorithms.

Life Sciences Dr. Imran Siddiqi[7] of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad got the prize for Life Sciences in recognition of contributions to the understanding of formation of clonal seeds in plants.

Mathematical Sciences Prof. Kannan Soundararajan, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, was awarded the prize in Mathematical Sciences category for his work on number theory.

Physical Sciences Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy[8] of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore won the award for Physical Sciences for his research on various aspects of the collective behaviour of living systems ranging from bacteria to schools of fish in the ocean.[9]

Social Sciences – Economics Prof. Prof. Raghuram Govind Rajan from the University of Chicago got the award for his analysis of "the complex interaction between financial institutions, governments and people."

Social Sciences – Political Science and International Relations Dr. Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive of the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi was given the award for "broadening public discussion of important social, political and economic matters, bringing in heterodox perspectives" and for constantly "challenging reigning orthodoxies."

The award ceremony was held on 9 January 2012 at which the winners were felicitated by the 11th Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.


Engineering & Computer Science Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Mathematical Sciences Prof. Chandrashekhar Khare, Dept. of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Life Sciences Dr. Chetan E. Chitnis, Principal Leader, Malaria Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi

Physical Sciences Prof. Sandip Trivedi, Dept. of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai

Social Sciences – Social Anthropology Prof. Nandini Sundar, Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (DSE)

Social Sciences – Sociology Prof. Amita Baviskar, Sociology Unit, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi


Social Sciences – Economics Prof. Abhijit Banerjee received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences – Economics, in recognition of his contributions to the economic theory of development, and for his pioneering work in the empirical evaluation of public policy. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Social Sciences – History Prof. Upinder Singh received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences – History, in recognition of her contributions as a historian of ancient and early medieval Indian history. She is with the Dept. of History at the University of Delhi, India.

Physical Sciences Prof. T. Padmanabhan received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences, in recognition of his contribution to a deeper understanding of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity in the context of thermodynamics, and for his work on the large scale structure in cosmology. Thanu Padmanabhan is a Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune.

Mathematical Sciences Prof. Ashoke Sen received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences, in recognition of his fundamental contributions to Mathematical physics, in particular, to String theory. He is currently a faculty at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, India.

Life Sciences Professor K. VijayRaghavan received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Life Sciences, in recognition of his many contributions as a developmental geneticist and neurobiologist. K Vijay Raghavan is Senior Professor in Developmental Genetics and Director of National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India.

The Infosys Prize for Mathematics 2008

The Infosys Prize for Mathematics 2008,[10] awarded jointly by Infosys and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), will be integrated with the Infosys Prize in the mathematical sciences category with effect from 2009. The first recipient of the prize was Manindra Agrawal of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.



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